Happy Mother's Day! To celebrate the day this year, I was lucky enough to treat my Mum to a few beauty products* from Debenhams and their Mother's Day picks. When I was a little girl, my mum used to take me and my sister around her favourite Great British high street stores like Debenhams, but it had been a while since I'd been in and looked at their range, and I was pleased to find cruelty-free and natural options making their way onto the shelves.

When on our mother-daughter shopping spree, mum and I discussed our approaches to beauty products, skincare, and my mum's favourite makeup. We laughed looking back; growing up, I'd always been a bit nervous about beauty, and mum had liked keeping my skin clear of all makeup for as long as possible. In that way, I'd had to be sneaky, hiding a pair of tweezers so I could pluck my wolfy eyebrows (a BIG mistake) and blushing furiously the day I asked mum for a razor after realising the rest of my peers had shiny hairless legs in gym class.

Even now, we differ in our picks. I got excited at spotting Korres products, and picked up a Chamomile Soap Bar and a few bottles of their haircare, while Mum went straight for Urban Decay mascara, and Too Faced makeup (both cruelty-free brands, I assure you).

When we got to purchasing, I had to ask my mum what drove her makeup choices. She told me that she'd always been quite frugal with makeup, going for store-own products when possible, and had grown into a loyal customer of brands such as No. 7, Simple, and Dove. It's not surprising, when you start to understand the heritage of these brands and their multi-million pound advertising campaigns that talk to the "real woman".

It's always made me feel quite conflicted actually. Having learnt to look at the ingredients of all the products I buy, I know that Simple isn't all that simple... despite being perfume-free and colour-free, they are big culprits of green washing, stating they use the "purest of ingredients" while continuing to use lots of mineral-oil based ingredients, glycols and parabens (none of which are highlighted on their website, but you can find ingredients lists on Boots).

Simple and Dove are also owned by Unilever, who tests on animals in order to sell in the Chinese market and also on 'novel' ingredients (taken from their alternatives to animal testing page).

When I told my mum this, she was surprised. A loyal fan for many years, I doubt she'll change her routine to cleaner products straight away, but I've encouraged her to look for alternatives and try to avoid these 25 beauty ingredients I advocate against.

On top of that, I bought her a new bottle of Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream as an extra gift, and suggested she call me if she ever has a question (or just give the blog a read!) Last year I taught her how to cook quinoa, this year, to look for cruelty-free beauty. I feel like I'm slowly repaying her for all the lessons she's taught me over the years, and it feels good.

I'm sure by now you've heard of a juice cleanse, but what about a soup cleanse? Other than the age-old cabbage soup diet that sounds just ghastly, I hadn't until Press rolled out their new range.

About two years ago, I was really into my cleanses. Having started with a one-day cleanse, I pushed the boat out and bought a juicer, a bunch of organic produce, and drank my way through three days. In fact, you can read about my 3-day juice cleanse and even try it for yourself. The experience was a really positive one, despite being quite a foodie - I learnt the difference between mental cravings and physical hunger, made a bunch of tasty juices that I still drink to this day, and felt incredibly refreshed inside and out.

Well, I decided to give Press' new Nourish Cleanse* a try this time round. The setting was slightly different, taking up my Saturday a few weekends ago, and there was no real reason to be cleansing other than as a way to feel refreshed. For some reason, I treat cleanses like I do haircuts; they're perfect at the time of a big life change.

So, the cleanse itself... was good. The soups were tasty. The "leche" was delicious. But the juices were so gingery, oh my gosh it was a hold-your-nose-and-glug scenario. I think through the day, I looked forward to the soups and cashew milk the most, them having a smooth and creamy taste, but even when I do make juices I'm so careful with the amount of ginger that the Greenhouse 3 and Garden 2 juices blew my socks off.

Either way, I enjoyed the cleanse, and would recommend soups for anyone adverse to only consuming juices. I felt lighter, enjoyed lounging around the flat (a real rarity!) and am now looking for soup recipes with cashew nut bases. The only thing I would like to see is a cleanse that comes in glass bottles - less plastic waste.

If you'd like to give a cleanse a go, I'd also recommend following my key tips...

So, my first tip for cleansing, whether you're a beginner or a pro, is to prepare a few days in advance. I've written this up previously in my guide How to Prepare for a Juice Cleanse, but the essential takeaway is to eat a diet of raw, plant-based foods between 24 to 48 hours before starting your cleanse. This will get your body used to the nutrients you're going to receive and the lack of meat/dairy/eggs without taking away the fibre.

Then, onto the cleanse itself. Set yourself a guide for the day. Press provides an example day plan in the pamphlet that comes with the cleanse. My recommendation is, at the very least, to follow the order in which the cleanse has been designed. On the Nourish cleanse, the soups align with meal times, juices for blood sugar pick-me-ups, so you'll minimise your hunger and can hopefully run your day like normal!

Whether you've gone on a cleanse before or not, I always recommend having a back up snack to hand for those moments of weakness. There's nothing worse than feeling trapped with only a fridge of veggie juices... If you find yourself needing a little something extra, try a handful of unsalted cashew nuts. And remember, you can drink as much extra water and herbal tea as you want!

And if you'd like to give the Nourish Cleanse a go, or try one of Press' other cleanses, you can get one day free on a three-day cleanse with the code "CURIOUSLYCONSCIOUS". Happy cleansing!

Okay, I'll admit it; I suck taking photos at events. If you can ignore the low quality pictures, I hope you can enjoy the real gems that I uncovered at the I Am Zero Waste talk held last weekend!

It's probably appropriate to start with an introduction to the zero waste movement. While I'm not quite a fully-committed "zero waster", I do appreciate the movement and have slowly been adopting zero waste ways that fit with my lifestyle. Zero waste is a lifestyle choice where you throw away quite literally zero items.

Bea Johnson, on the left of the first photo, is an advocate and longtime zero waster. You might have seen her before with a mason jar in hand - that's how much waste her family made in one year. She visited London to talk about her lifestyle choice, and ways we can improve our reduced impact on the planet by following zero waste, and I was lucky enough to go along to see her.

By her side is Catherine Conway, the founder of Unpackaged, a concept store built around the idea of shoppers bringing their own refillable jars and bags to take away the foods she stocks. I love the idea, and apparently so do Londoners as she's since partnered with Planet Organic too.

So, onto Bea's presentation. If you've read her book, you'll be familiar with the most part of her advice, including her guiding principles: the five R's. These are, in order:
  1. Refuse
  2. Reduce
  3. Reuse
  4. Recycle
  5. Rot
To start, try refusing anything that will cause waste. Say no to exhibition freebies, ask companies to stop sending you junk mail, buy produce that doesn't come wrapped in plastic... It takes a combination of willpower, mindfulness, and this refusal to get started with zero waste.

Bea also mentioned the materials she looks for in products that are more planet-friendly, which I thought was actually quite useful. As metal and glass can be recycled over and over, they're a really great option, while paper and cardboard is also good for recycling, and wood or bamboo can be composted easily.

Another tip from Bea was to buy items in bulk. This reduces packaging, the cost, and you'll be surprised at how many items you can make out of just a few simple ingredients. For example, for pretty much any cleaning need, you only really need three items: bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar, and castile soap. This is all you need to make washing up liquid, window cleaner, bathroom cleaner... it's all dependent on ratios.

The final tip of the day was to look for items that have lifetime guarantees. Bea swears by her sons' Jansport backpacks, which she bought second-hand and then returned to the company for new replacements. While there is some conflict over whether the manufacturer will wholly recycle the old/used items, these kind of investments prevent excessive consumption and general waste over an entire lifetime.

Despite all the wonderful recipes out there for breakfast, I'm really quite a bore when it comes to my own. I get stuck in a rut, starting the week with a leisurely porridge, and ending on the first item that falls into my hand when I rummage in the cupboard. If you couldn't already tell, I'm not a morning person.

I've decided I'd like to be a little more prepared with my meals than I have been as of late, and breakfast is my first port of call. Over the last seven days I ate banana bread for breakfast, spreading on cashew butter when I had extra time and whisking two slices away in a small tub when I didn't. The fact that this is something I can prepare the night before and have it last all week is the best kind of breakfast for me, as someone who always gives herself 5 minutes too little time every morning...

This recipe is the first outcome of my involvement on the Live Lagom project with IKEA. The project has been running for seven years, and each year they choose a select number of people to look through their range to find items that will help them live better, be it in a more sustainable way, finding wellbeing, or bringing their family closer together.

As a spritely 24 year-old with a tiny rented apartment and flatmate, this has meant looking to reduce food waste, and improve the efficiency of our home (I could really do with cheaper bills!) In this recipe, I used a few essential IKEA items including their metal knives, chopping board made from sustainably sourced wood, and loaf tin.

So, here's my recipe for breakfast banana bread, a less sweet version of regular banana bread with flax seed for omegas and chia seed for protein and fibre.

Serves 5

4 overripe bananas
150g flour
100g ground coconut
20g flax seed meal
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp ground cinnamon

  1. Line your loaf tin with baking parchment (beware of the plastic-lined ones) or smooth coconut oil on the sides and bottom
  2. Preheat your oven at 200°C, 180°C for fan ovens
  3. In a food processor bowl, add all your ingredients
  4. Process until smooth, and feel free to add as much or as little of each ingredient as you like - I'm not sure you can ever make a "bad" banana bread!
  5. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and put into the oven as soon as it's hot enough
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes (you can test to see if your loaf is ready by putting a fork in the bread and it coming out clean)
  7. Leave to cool on a wire rack, and slice each morning fresh!

In case the card shops and the blatant advertising hadn't warned you already, Mother's Day is almost upon us. I've actually always grown up remembering the day because more often than not, it lands on my birthday or my birthday weekend. I'll be honest, as a kid this was not okay. Why share my birthday celebrations with my mum? Not fair!

Now that I'm older, I'm actually almost thinking these two days should be in reverse. Thank you Mum for squeezing me out all those years ago, raising me and forever giving me an emotional safety net to fall into. You should be celebrated on the day of my birth, and I'll just settle for a simple shared one-day event to recognise my fortune being here!

So, if nothing else, please say thank you to your mum this Mother's Day. Appreciate her in the way she likes - and only you know that deep down. Here are a few other ideas that might make a nice addition too:

What's better than spending quality time with your mum? Perhaps spending quality time with your mum during a massage, facial, and steam! I love a good spa, but sadly my mum is a little averse to joining me in that. If your mum does like a spa though, I'd really recommend Spa Experience (multiple venues, good for being on a budget, full review) or for spa veterans, Banya No. 1 (London only, expensive but really worth the Russian experience, full review).

Forget the same old Elizabeth Arden tube, your mum deserves a little hint of nature. If you don't get chance to spend the day with your Mum this year, perhaps send her a little gift in the form of natural beauty. This past Christmas I finally got my mum a natural beauty hand cream that she now swears by over her Aveeno - the ultra-moisturising Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Hand Cream from Crabtree & Evelyn. From there, perhaps a Balancing Rose Otto gift set from Balance Me, or Body Wash & Lotion from Green People?

Do you remember how good those butterfly cakes you and your mum made were? Despite the obvious conflict with my healthy eating, I'd love to have more of that quality time with my mum. Perhaps a good cook book (or try one of my favourite healthy cookbooks) and some ingredients to go with it will be enough to get us both back in the kitchen, and we'll have something to eat by the end of it too!

It takes a lot of work being green. I’m not patting myself on the back here, just stating a fact. It takes thought, planning, and investment. Where do you start? When will you end? It’s more of a journey than a project – so if you’re reading this, well done for making it this far!

Over time I’ve swapped a lot of things for more sustainable alternatives. However, I wouldn’t say I took the easiest path when doing it – there are many things I should have done first, ones that make a big different and don’t take too much effort either.

So, upon reflection, I’ve decided to make a list of my top five sustainability swaps – these are the first things I would recommend to anyone looking to be more green, save money, and also look after our planet too!

My first port of call is moving to more organic foods. Organic certification (in the UK, this is from the Soil Association) guarantees food is not exposed to pesticides, meaning it is closer to nature, better for the environment, and better for your health. I know organic food now comes at a premium, so try swapping for fresh produce that’s in season and only the ‘dirty dozen’.

This is one of my latest conscious living finds, and I don’t know how I didn’t look into it sooner. Utilities are one of the most expensive things in my life (ignoring my astronomical London rent) so the more ethical they can be the better. Brighter World Energy is an energy provider that is aiming to stop energy customers from being overcharged, while also giving clean sustainable energy to people in the remotest parts of Africa. For every 2000 customers that join them, they build a solar powered grid in a remote village in need like the one in the photo. Sounds like a win-win to me!

You may have heard that there’s a new reusable in my life, and I’m not ashamed to say that at 24 I am excited about having a lunch box. This is the best thing for me! For too long, I’ve been making shoddy salads or buying food out for lunch every day rather than bring in food from home. My new lunch pot and cutlery sit well alongside my KeepCup and I have to say, I’m saving money as well as reducing my waste.

Alongside reusable items, have you thought about rechargeable items? While the technology sector remains a difficult field to navigate when being sustainable, there are a few options out there. I’m a big fan of my rechargeable batteries and charger, as well as electric razor that’s charged by the mains.

My final point is probably my most underrated one – public transport. I use public transport almost every day, and I genuinely enjoy it. London buses are surprisingly clean, many are hybrid or electric, and they transport hundreds of people in one vehicle every day. The tube and trains are the same, although I have to admit, a little grubbier. Either way, they’re a low impact way of travelling (unless you can walk or cycle, which I do whenever I can). And this is coming from someone with a driver’s licence too. If in doubt, take a look at this ‘waste of space’ photo

This post is sponsored by Brighter World Energy.

On the Sunday of my Bath Wellness Weekender, I trawled around the vintage fair at Green Park Station and then popped into Beyond The Kale for a smoothie and sit down. I had been planning to stay for lunch, but was so full from my breakfast at the Combe Grove Hotel that a vegan protein smoothie was all I could handle!

Beyond The Kale had been recommended to me a few times before my trip, and I can see why. It's a lovely plantbased café akin to that of the Wild Food Café in London, with chalk boards, thick wooden tables and a menu that will have you browsing for hours.

Despite its small size, the café was busy throughout my hour spent there, but it didn't stop me from chilling out in a corner, pouring over my book and also jotting down notes in my notepad. It's nice to see a good uptake with locals rather than just veggie foodies, and the prices were similar to London cafés so I actually felt like I was getting a good deal at £5 a shake... I think my mum would shudder in horror knowing I'd paid that much though.

While I can't say much for the food, it did look and smell really, really good. If I go back again it's definitely on my list of places to revisit!

On the Sunday morning of my wellness weekend in Bath, I visited the Green Park Station Vintage Market. I took a taxi straight from my hotel to the fair, which runs from 8:30am to 4pm every Sunday and trawled around with my small suitcase, looking for a souvenir to take home.

As you can see from my photos, the fair is really quite varied and I couldn't help but swoon over the second-hand furniture (think of all the upcycling potential!) but had absolutely no way of taking the plant pots, chairs and mirrors back with me to London. Instead, I spotted a bright copper bowl at a French vintage stall, and quite literally like a magpie I swooped in after it. I'd been looking for a small jewellery dish to hold all my favourite accessories, and it was just perfect, as well as a more ethical option than buying shop-bought. I will have to give you a flat tour at some point...

If you're like me and love a good vintage market, this is the place to go when in Bath. However, there's little to be said for their garments, so don't go expecting to pick up a good dress; instead, you'll end up needing a giant swag-bag to bring back items for your home.

And, when you're hungry, why not pop into Beyond The Kale in Green Park Station too?

Once I'd toured Bath on Saturday afternoon of my wellness weekend, I took a taxi to my hotel. I was staying at the Combe Grove Hotel, a beautiful manor house located just outside the city of Bath in a breathtakingly peaceful countryside. Despite having grown up in similar surroundings, my last few years of city-living have made me realise just how wonderful rural Britain is, from the expanses of greenery to the gentle birdsong in the morning.

The Combe Grove Hotel boasts not only a luxurious collection of rooms, crushed-velvet furniture, and paintings galore, but also a spa and fitness suite called The Club. Nestled in their 70 acres of countryside, you can swim, steam, workout and more while residing at the hotel or pay to visit independently.

Despite all this, and my love of spas, I ended up resting in my room for the most part of Saturday evening, only emerging to eat at the hotel restaurant. The spa is open until 7pm on the weekends, and I'd arrived just before 5pm and flopped onto the grand double bed in a puff of happiness and exhaustion. Sometimes, a rest, film, and self-applied face mask is all you need to destress (thank you Dirty Dancing and Balance Me's Collagen Mask).

On top of the luxurious setting and interiors, the Combe Grove also serves delicious food. On the Saturday night, I treated myself to three courses: a salmon, cream cheese and beetroot starter, crispy chicken's egg for main, and passion fruit crème brulée to finish. Each course showcased variety of flavours playing off one another, and although I ate every bite, I was a little hungry for more vegan options on the menu. I ended up eating dairy even though I've been avoiding it as of late, and while the menu does ask you to speak to your waiter regarding dietary preferences, I always feel like I'm being overly irritating for asking for customisation of every plate. I would also have liked to know where their meat and eggs were sourced.

Overall, I had a really restful stay at the Combe Grove and even recommended it to friends visiting Bath soon after myself. It's a little out of the way, and I did have a few niggles, but I did leave feeling contented and a little sad that I couldn't have stayed for longer!

First stop on my tour of Bath last month was Chapel Arts Café, a lovely little vegetarian café tucked away from the main tourist traps. In fact, if you do fancy grabbing a bite to eat, don't be put off by the strange entrance - follow the sign down the steps and into the rather unassuming-looking door and you'll find a hive of friendly activity inside.

I was greeted by Mark Heather, the owner of Chapel Arts Café and shown to their 'découpage' table with lots of 80's cut-outs that I couldn't help pouring over when eating my meal. When chatting with Mark, I discovered that Bath is actually home to a few vegetarian eateries with varying styles (which is great for any veggie Londoners looking for an excursion without the hassle of ordering veggie food in a restaurant) but I have to say that there's a real friendly vibe at Chapel Arts that you don't find in most city veggie restaurants. Around me sat families, friends of varying ages, and their happy chatter was a welcome addition to the cosy interior.

As a nice little lunch, I ordered a Mediterranean Flatbread and cup of tea. The flatbread was clearly made in house, a little raggedy and crisp which I love. The topping of olives, peppers, tomato, rocket and more were akin to a healthy pizza and I ate it up pretty quickly, while planning my trip around Bath using the guide I'd received from the Bath Visitor Centre.

I don't know about you, but travelling always makes me a little shaky, and I was able to calm myself and enjoy the food and atmosphere at Chapel Arts Café. I would recommend it as your first stop if you're visiting Bath, or for a lunch no matter what your diet preferences!

Hands up who's been to Bath? I spent last weekend in the small but beautiful city, and it seemed like everyone I spoke to before my weekender had not only been, but had recommendation after recommendation of things to do. It's no surprise - Bath has a lot going for it, and is a perfect little haven for those looking for the bustle of the city and the peace of the countryside in one place.

Coming from London, it took me an hour and a half to get there by train (direct from Paddington to Bath Spa) which is super reasonable considering it's the other side of South England. The sky was a cool grey, but in fact made for a good weekend for sightseeing and relaxing, which was exactly my plan.

I'd been invited to Bath by Bath Tourism to discover the wellness offerings the city has to have, ranging from its historic Roman Baths (built around the only natural hot spring in the UK!) to its modern spas, and I have to say that no matter what you get up to when you're there, Bath is a relaxing place. The streets are all a gorgeous honey colour, built from local stone, cafés provide shelter to sit and chill, and it almost feels wrong to go about on a screen all day. One of the first decisions I made when I reached Bath was to put my phone away, and walk around with a paper map and a good dose of curiosity.

Over the weekend, I visited two vegetarian cafés, got my nails done, took an insightful bus tour, learnt about the mystical Roman Baths, pottered around a vintage fair, and stayed at the luxurious, crushed-velvet-clad Combe Grove Hotel. It sounds like a lot, but in fact everything ran so smoothly that I left feeling calm and accomplished (partly down to Bath, partly down to the comfiness of my bed at Combe Grove). You can read my highlights in the following posts:

Chapel Arts Café
Combe Grove Hotel
Bath Vintage Market
Beyond The Kale

I'm going to be sporadically posting my specific highlights of the weekend over the next week, and my favourite destinations that I scouted out in my 48 hours there, but if there's one thing to take away from my time there, it's that Bath is the perfect weekend away. There's plenty to do (but not too much!), the pace of life is steady, and when you wake up in the morning with the soft patter of rain against your window rather than sirens, you immediately feel well rested.

I don't know about you, but when I wake up in the morning and when I crawl into bed, I'm practically a zombie. I want nothing more than a soft set of pyjamas, fluffy slippers, and the comfiest bed at either end of my busy waking hours. It was only recently though that I discovered a naturally soft, creamy cleanser is the cherry on top of these rituals...

Skincare is a big thing for me - I'm the opposite of 'au naturel' when it comes down to it, cleansing, toning, and moisturising twice a day (without factoring in face mist, face oil, lip balm, etc.) So I've tried my fair share of cleansers, always plumping for creams over oils, except when eye makeup needs removing. This Cream Cleanser* from Trilogy is one of the best natural products that I've tried,because it hits all my wants: natural, clean ingredients; light scent and creamy consistency; beautiful packaging. I love having this out on my bathroom counter, and you know what I'm like when it comes to brown glass bottles too.

The reason I love it so much is that it works just perfectly with my sensitive skin, not leaving it too tight or dry post-cleansing, which I'm betting is down to the rosehip and primrose oils. To use, I take one pump in my hands, rub over my face, and then splash my face with warm water to clear everything away.

I picked my bottle up from LoveLula around two months ago, and I'm now just over halfway through the bottle. I only ever alternate the cleanser with my Laid Bare face scrub*, which I use twice a week to buff away any dead skin, so it's lasted a reasonably long time, and making it worth the price tag.

The one thing I would like to add to this is some form of closing the pump once it's opened. If I'm missing something here, please let me know, as it recently made a bit of a mess when I took it with me to Bath for the weekend but I couldn't live without it!

What's your bedding made out of? I didn't know what mine was, let alone if it's healthy, good for the planet, or even enables me to have a good night sleep. It's one of those things you don't question - until I heard about wool bedding.

A few months ago The Wool Room got in touch with a proposition: to try their all-natural deluxe wool bedding*, and see if I sleep better. I'm normally not one for challenges, but this one genuinely interested me; my previous bedding was light and flimsy, made me shiver on cold nights and sleep with a cricked neck sometimes too. Despite all this, I'd not thought about switching up my bedding (which you should do every five years) or if I could find a good, natural alternative.

The first step in any purchase I make is research, and I'm really happy to report that The Wool Room has already undertaken extensive research with the University of Leeds to prove the benefits of wool. Among the list, it enables you to reach optimum temperature for sleep faster than polyester and down, reduces moisture, and is also naturally hypoallergenic, even to people who have a skin sensitivity to wool/lanolin. You can read the full results of the study here.

In terms of sustainability, the bedding is also brilliant. Made from British wool, it's relatively locally sourced (whereas merino wool comes from Australia and New Zealand), it's attainable without killing or maiming sheep (compared to feathers), and it's natural (polyester is made from petroleum).

So, after all the positives, what's it like to sleep on? I received my bedding a month ago, and despite living quite a hectic life with a lot of late nights, I cannot explain how much of a difference the bedding has had on me. It arrived in a large box, with each element in a cotton zip bag (handy reusables) and I could immediately feel the difference. The bedding is heavier, denser, and the pillows are so full of wool that they're almost bursting when they first arrive. Over time, the pillows compress, but you can restore them to your preferred height by simply opening them up and pulling the fibres apart.

What's really incredible is the change it has had on my sleep, and in turn, my daytime performance. From day one, I slept deeper, and now I find myself in a routine of getting into bed earlier (it's so much comfier than my old bedding, I love slipping under the covers and being instantly warm) and waking naturally much more frequently, which I know to mean I've had a good amount of sleep. I haven't stopped recommending the bedding to friends and family - despite it being pricier than the average bedding set, it's really worth it.

Along with getting a set that really does look after my sleep, I'm pleased to have read that my deluxe wool bedding is machine washable, making it longer-lasting and also easy to clean. Now, wool bedding that can be washed has to be treated to prevent felting, but The Wool Room only uses completely biodegradable nonionic alcohol ethoxylates, or eco-friendly clothing detergents and they promise not to use acid, bleach, or resins either.

The other plus to this is that the bedding set is customisable. I can change the height of my pillows to however I want by compressing or pulling apart the fibres, and the duvet comes with a topper for extra warmth in the winter. I'm always saying that investment pieces are the way forward, but this is definitely one of the best discoveries I've made for my home, and I know it's going to last me a very long time too.